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Milwaukee Wedding Caterers

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Dinners with Class, LLC
4.8
from 59 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 109 hires on Thumbtack
Deborah Y.
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Food was delicious. All staff served with a smile even though it was quite warm for our outdoor wedding! Thanks so much James

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  • 11 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
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Tanya C.
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Donna and the Frankie’s team provided an exceptional meal for my parent’s 50th Anniversary party. She even honored a special request entree and provided numerous “extras” without charge. She exceeded my expectations and I would highly recommend this company if you are looking for quality food, exceptional service and reasonable prices.

Chef Patrick
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 1 year in business
Andrea S.
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We had an incredibly positive experience with Chef Patrick. He catered a business meeting breakfast and lunch, and the quality and price were both great. He was easy to work with, and I appreciated his flexibility.

Soule Catering
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Samantha F.
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We LOVED the food. It was delivered about 10 minutes early but the food was delicious and I will definitely use them again

Heavenly Helpings llc
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Willey M.
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Heavenly helpings catered our wedding and it was awesome! They also catered our grandsons pool party with a gorgeous Sesame Street theme! I highly recommend them for all of your catering needs!

Chef Paul Catering
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Maureen M.
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Chef Paul Catering was exactly what I was looking for in a full service caterer. They took care of everything and the food was wonderful. They worked so quietly and neatly that I hardly knew they were in our home. I will definitely use them again and recommend them.

Fresh Catering MKE
5.0
from 1 review
  • 47 years in business
Natalia R.
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Great catering services. I've had a number of parties and events catered by freshmke and everything was excellent, delicious and beautifully presented. Working with Natalia for the menu selection was easy and she had so many wonderful ideas. We always stayed within our budget. I'd recommend freshmke catering for you next event. Don't hesitate, just contact her what you need and you'll be glad you did. Marina Grafton WI

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I have done a lot of catering for a lot of small business in the past 3 years. I offer a lot of soul food and barbecues.

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We provide delicious food and courteous service at affordable prices. We offer full-service, off-site catering from meetings and parties to businesses and corporation throughout Lake County.

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We offer full service on- and off-site catering. We are located inside the VFW. We have two halls for rent. We do decorating for events. We offer very reasonable prices, and are willing to work with all budgets. We have full service daily restaurant open to the public. We have Friday fish fry. We will deliver food to your place of choice. We do bulk orders for pick up only. Call us for more information or to order take out meals.

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I specialize in Texas style BBQ! I make some of the best BBQ in Wisconsin. All side items are made from scratch, just like your grandmother did when you were a kid.

  • 4 years in business
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Congratulations on your engagement! My name is Rev. Elizabeth Burgert, and I am an interspiritual minister ordained by the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary. I am honored to be considered to witness and declare your undying love for one another! My ministry is called Simple Ministry, and together with you and your beloved, I will produce an unforgettable event celebrating the truth and gorgeousness of your faith in each other. Whether your dreams are of a regal, traditional wedding or an off-the-wall creative expression of unity, I will skillfully bring your dreams to fruition. In addition to designing your beautiful ceremony, I offer you spiritual direction services to support you on this exciting journey up to and following your big day. Thank you for visiting my listing. I look forward to connecting with you soon! May your life together be filled with peace, prosperity, health, and loving community. With love, Rev. Elizabeth

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Why choose Binanti's Catering? It's because of our tradition, experience, pride, taste and selection. As a family-owned and -operated business with almost 20 years of experience, we know how important creating a memorable event is to you, your family, and friends. Let us offer you a personable experience through customizable event selections. From great-tasting food that everyone will talk about months later to the tiniest details, Binanti's Taste Italy will provide you with everything to leave a lasting impression. Experience the taste. Binanti's Taste of Italy ensures that your special event will be worry free, by providing quality service and exceptional food at a price that is sure to please! Our professionally trained chefs will guarantee that your guests will savor the taste of quality. Through the taste of tradition, experience our savory sauces, exceptional pasta, and handmade artisan bread. Our family's recipes on your table are sure to warm your heart and feed your soul. Our services are tailored to your taste buds. Binanti's can create menus that feature a range, from Italian dishes using our family's recipes to traditional American cuisine and even authentic Ethnic fares. No matter which taste is yours, know that Binanti's places the strongest focus in providing our clients with exceptional flavored dishes prepared to exceed your expectations

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I offer private and event catering. I am specializing in meal planning, personal event catering and building your special night with friends and family.

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I am willing to do cooking for parties, weddings, anniversaries and whatever the occasion is. I have been state certified since 1996 and have started catering in 2009. I love to cook, and I cook to please. No occasion is too small or too large.

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Mader's German cuisine restaurant in Milwaukee continues to be the venue of choice to celebrate the good things in life. It is our goal to provide, at the highest level, a meeting place where everyone is welcome and where the experience is never forgotten. And, their next visit to our German restaurant in Wisconsin is eagerly anticipated. Mader's Restaurant provides food and catering services for all your needs! We've been preparing for your visit since 1902!

  • 18 years in business
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I offer full-service catering. No event is too small or too large, and the menu is based on clients’ likes. I will travel to clients.

  • 7 years in business
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I'm making your every event a cherished and memorable experience. I'm preparing foods with artistic simplicity and impeccable taste for any occasion. I am an experienced chef of 7 years and have been catering for 4 years. What makes my business great is the great food, of course, and also the standard of excellence and genuine concern for my clients' satisfaction and enjoyment.

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We provide personal catering for one to six people. We have versatile menus. We requires a free pre-meal consultation for food selection and budgeting.

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We are a full-service caterer for 2 to 2000. Our head chef is from Louisiana and specializes in Cajun/Creole cuisines and Southern style comfort foods, but no cuisine is too simple or too challenging for us to make a superior meal for our clientele.

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We do custom wedding planning and event planning specializing in sermon literature and no religious requirements.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How do you find a good caterer?

Reviews, interviews and menu tastings will help you find the right catering choice for your big day. Start by screening possible wedding caterers based on past reviews. If a caterer you are interested in has a review that concerns you, ask them about it; how they respond will be very telling. Next, ask about their availability for your wedding date.

If the wedding caterer is available on your date, it’s time to talk about menus and prices. Be clear about what your maximum budget is find out what choices this will allow you. Caterers may custom-create a menu for your event, or they may have menu templates within different price ranges that can guide your decision. A clear budget gives the caterer clear parameters within which to work and offer creative suggestions. Schedule a menu tasting to confirm you love your wedding menu. Once you have a menu and date, and have paid a deposit to reserve the caterer’s services, confirm additional details including when the food will be delivered to the site, what kind of service will be provided, how many servers will be onsite and for how long, and who is responsible for setup and cleanup. The more specific your contract, the fewer worries you’ll have on your wedding day. Get more smart hiring tips here.

Do you tip a wedding caterer?

Tipping 15 percent to 20 percent on a $3,000 catering bill can feel daunting — especially in light of all the other costs of throwing a wedding — but tipping your wedding caterer is standard practice. Be sure to ask your caterer about their specific policies. Many catering companies include gratuity as a line item on their bill. If tipping is not automatically included in your total, a good approach is to tip all the people involved the day of the event rather than paying one lump sum to the catering company. For each server and bartender, you can tip $20-$50, depending on how long they were onsite and whether they did exceptional work. You can also tip the chef; experts suggest $50. It’s also a good idea to tip the catering manager, the point-of-contact person who keeps the catering service running smoothly the day of your wedding, ensures all the food looks beautiful and is plentiful, and resolves any mishaps. Industry pros recommend tipping the catering manager $100-$200. If gratuity is not included and you’re tipping individuals, set aside $200-$500 in cash to be safe.

How much does wedding catering cost per person?

Wedding catering costs will always vary based on the number of guests you’re inviting, the menu you want to serve, and the way the food will be served to your guests. As you interview wedding catering companies, you’ll be presented with a cost per person for various menus. On the low end, wedding catering may cost approximately $15-$18 per person. This would include prepared food only, with no setup or service of any kind. The starting price for a simple buffet meal with minimal service typically averages $22 per person. Opting for the same menu with all organic ingredients could raise your costs to about $33 per person. A moderately upscale menu (finer ingredients, more elaborate presentation) could range from $24 to $34 per person. High-end wedding catering cost truly has no limit. Lobster, filet mignon, specialty seafood, organic ingredients — menu choices like these can boost your cost per person up to $150 and more.

What should you look for in a caterer?

A delicious meal is a critical element of a successful wedding, with happy guests fondly remembering your fabulous wedding food. The right caterer for you will be:

  • Available: Even the best caterer is no good if they aren’t available on your wedding date. Ask early before you get your heart set on someone.
  • Affordable for you: Find a caterer that you can afford. Having a spending plan ahead of time will mean you won’t overspend on food.
  • A good personality fit: Wedding planning is stressful, so work with someone that you can get along with and communicate with easily.
  • Experienced and recommended: Ensure the company has a proven track record with events of your size and the references to back it up.
  • Transparent about money: Steer clear of shady pricing. Find a caterer who is very clear about costs and is happy to talk you through budgets and pricing options.
  • Transparent about food: Find someone who is clear about where they source their food from and where it is prepared.

How do you serve food at a wedding?

Food service at your wedding will affect your catering costs and influence the atmosphere of the reception. Buffet style is more informal; plated meals are a bit fancier; family style encourages sharing. Read about the different food service styles to select your preferred wedding catering choice.

  • Buffet: Caterers can drop off prepared foods for a DIY and budget-friendly buffet option where you set everything up and food is entirely self-service. For a fuller-service buffet, the caterers set up food, oversee the buffet throughout the event, and clean up afterwards. For food only, prices per person might average $16-$18, while a service buffet may start around $20-$22 per person. Adding food stations can increase per-person costs by at least $3-$5.
  • Family style: Servers bring large platters of food to guest tables in courses. It’s less formal (and less expensive) than a plated meal, but more formal and higher-cost than a buffet. You’ll need large tables to accommodate the platters, so plan accordingly when renting furniture for the event.
  • Plated: A plated event is a formal dining experience; waitstaff serve your seated guests for each course, fill their drinks, and attend to them throughout the dinner. A plated dinner is typically the most expensive option for both food and service.
  • Food trucks: Similar to buffets, with food trucks your guests get their own food and bring it to their table. A food truck gives a relaxed and playful vibe to your reception.
  • Cocktail reception: If you don’t want a formal seated dinner, you can opt for a wide assortment of passed appetizers at an extended cocktail hour reception.
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